Defense Distances Kem Sokha From Sam Rainsy, US Ambassador Criticizes Prosecution’s “Conspiracy Theories”

Opposition leader Kem Sokha’s defense team attempted on Thursday to distance him from the allegedly “violent” speeches of Sam Rainsy, saying videos displayed in court of the latter was made in his personal capacity and not reflective of the party’s ideology.

The prosecution and council of judges have repeatedly attempted to question Kem Sokha’s insistence that he only used nonviolent political methods by associating him with the speeches made by exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

The council of judges and prosecution have characterized Sam Rainsy’s speeches, played in court over the last few weeks, as evidence of his alleged proclivity for “violence,” though providing little evidence to support the claim.

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